Sophos adds safe data education to National Curriculum

Sophos Press Release

Anti-virus specialist offers discounted PC protection scheme to back government's Internet pledge.

UK schools going on-line following the government's recent 'Internet For All' pledge, can receive a huge discount on Sophos anti-virus software, to protect them from the increasing threat of Internet viruses.

The campaign, which will target 33,000 schools nationally, provides schools and colleges with a comprehensive security policy, through the installation of Educational Anti-Virus Licences site-wide.

For £1 per machine, per year, as opposed to the minimum market price of £150, Sophos Anti-Virus will protect any server, network, stand-alone or laptop PC.

The licence includes the software CD and installation guide. Schools will also receive monthly anti-virus updates on CD-ROM or floppy disk, as well as free upgrades and 24 hour, 365 days per year technical telephone support.

"For several years now we have been using Sophos Anti-Virus in all our school sites on both stand-alone and NetWare networked systems," said Andy Jackson, SIMS co-ordinator, LEA at Birmingham City Council. "We used to have to check as a separate task each of the vast number of disks that come in and out of our offices, so we have always been really pleased with Sophos Anti-Virus. The introduction of the new Sophos Educational Site Licence makes it an even more obvious and cost-effective choice for us and our schools."

"This move comes in direct response to the government's promise of connecting all schools to the Internet by 2002," said Petra Merne, marketing manager at Sophos. "With the advent of classroom access to the WWW, it has never been more important for educational institutions to protect their computers against infection. For the cost of a ruler and pen, we can now offer academia the most advanced virus detection technology available."

The educational licences are available for all major platforms, including DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, NetWare, OS/2, Banyan VINES and UNIX.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at